(AP) BEIRUT - Syrian forces killed at least five people when they raided a Sunni farming village on Sunday, torching homes and looting shops in what activists said is a sign of worsening relations among the country's religious groups.
Tensions stemming from the 14-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad also touched off clashes across the border in Lebanon as the revolt threatened to morph into a broader conflict.
The relentless violence further undermines a U.N.-backed peace plan that is supposed to bring an end to Syria's deadly crisis. A cease-fire that was supposed to begin on April 12 has had only a limited effect, throwing into doubt the rest of the plan that calls for talks between Assad's regime and those seeking to end his rule.
The raid against the impoverished village of al-Tamana, about 35 miles northwest of the city of Hama, began late Saturday and continued through the early hours on Sunday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five people were killed in the raid and government troops were setting fire to homes.
I do note that the U.N. has tried to broker a ceasefire. But will there be follow-up? Will there be U.N. investigations similar to those conducted after the so-called "Jenin Massacre" where a few civilians were collaterally killed? Will there be probes similar to Gladstone's screed after Cast Lead? Will the randomly torched houses received the same loving attention from the world press that that the IDF receives when it bulldozes empty houses of Palestinian "fighters" (usually suicide bombers)?
Why does the Western press hate the West so much?
Why do we fund the U.N. to attack the West verbally?
The answer my friend is blowing in the wind.
Edited by jbg, 15 May 2012 - 05:11 PM.